Category Archives: 1939/12

December 31st 1939 – Madras


Flying and sailing, and the other day Willie landed me on the ‘Kallerati’ (Calamity – her sister ship Deepuali being the ‘Depravity’). Had tea with oneĀ  Sweet-Escott R.I.N.V.R. Sub. He showed me over the works and then Hart and the … Continue reading

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December 28th 1939 – Madras


A party of 14 in Connemara (25th) – British officers and two wives (Abbots and Rays) – pretty awful party, although Freeland got a bit foxed. However, later on some drunks from the B.I. line, ships officers, arrived and seemed … Continue reading

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December 25th 1939 – Madras


The night opp. goes off fairly successfully, and we start for Madura at 4am – arriving at 4pm – 31.5 miles in all and with a stop for one hour. I find it pretty bloody on the feet, everything else … Continue reading

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December 20th 1939 – Uttapanayskanna


Went into Madura with Colonel and Golly – I was due to stay with one Doakes, manager of the mill and drawing 6000/- a month. I arrive at his house, a palace set on the highest hill around Madura, and … Continue reading

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December 16th 1939 – Uttapanayskanna


Went into Madura and played football there, where we defeated the local champions 5-4. After that the secretary and D.S.P., one whose name in Tamil means ‘God Help Us’, took John and I to the station waiting room and got … Continue reading

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December 11th 1939 – Uttapanayskanna


Went and climbed one of the local hills yesterday with Palmer and Awal Khan. We worked up a chimney but got foxed near the top and had to come down, making great use of Awal Khan’s pugri as a rope. … Continue reading

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December 5th 1939 – Uttapanayskanna


“C” company did a bit of mountain warfare yesterday. I was horrified at it, but perhaps the methods I was taught are wrong after all. Anyway, no one will believe a word I say about it. Did a bit of … Continue reading

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